Sunday, October 31, 2010

looking for my patterns ?

You can always get my patterns from my
shop or my eBay shop but now
you can find them here .
Lets all just pretend there is an arrow here pointing down .

Ollie and May is a new online store
owned and operated by
 Maree of
Maree has just started her new adventure
with this gorgeous name .
Pop over and see her new store
you just might find my patterns there!
not only stocks the most beautiful oilcloth ever
she has my patterns in her her lovely shop too .
Thanks Maree and Susie .

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dr Phil can you help ?

I live in a country town and we don't have a fabric store .
I shop at Spotlight, an hours drive away,
 about 3 times a year .
The internet and blogs are my stores and I spend way
too much time and money in them .
This the part where you feel really sorry for me .
I have never seen designer fabric on a bolt ,
how sad is that !

When I do receive fabric in the mail
I like to gaze at it lovingly .
It is spread out and then refolded .
It is placed beside other new fabric to
see what goes together .
I gaze at it some more .
It is eventually put into the stash
and then I am hesitant
to ever , ever cut into it .

My question for Dr Phil is ...

How much fondling is acceptable before
it just becomes creepy ?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

my creative space

My creative space is a little more colourful this week.
I'm making little makeup purses that will
be lined in this spotty polyester and the purses
will have these funky zip tags .
The spots are scarves and the tags are odd earrings
both found at the $2 shop clearance bin .

More creative space at kootoyou.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesdays Treasures

I don't know that this is really a treasure
so much as a coincidence .
Many years ago we were given this tin of biscuits
by my husbands auntie who has since passed away
this year at the age of 93.
 Almost 15 years ago I was co-ordinator of
the local playgroup and took this tin , empty of course ,
to have as a collection tin for funds etc .
My kids are in highschool now and
I had never given this tin another thought until
my son arrived home from a youth council meeting
where he was elected treasurer .
While he was at the meeting local council
members asked him to make a point of showing
his treasurers tin to his mum .
Yes , same tin !

Join in and show us your treasures !

Monday, October 25, 2010

At my house

At my house I am taking control .
I am saying no to coming to work just because
someone else feels like a day off .
I need time off too .
I am saying no to inappropiate text messages
to my 12 year old nearly 13 year old daughter
who thinks she is 18 years old .
I have taken matters to the police .
I am saying no to xbox on school nights to the boy .
Study or help at home .
I am saying no to everyone this week .
Ask me something , the answer is no !

I am a good mother , wife , employee , friend ,
community member .
I think I'll even be better when I can sometimes say no
and say yes to things that can be good for me .

See others who aren't spitting their dummies at Lou Lous .

Sunday, October 24, 2010

tilda book winner

The winner of Tilda's Summer Ideas is ....
Helen would you please email me with your details .
Thanks to everyone for letting me distract you .

See you tomorrow At my house .

Friday, October 22, 2010

Would a Tilda book giveaway distract you ?

What else can I say but pretty !
Would you like a copy ?
Just leave a comment on this post , please .
All welcome !
I'll draw the winner on Sunday night Australian time .
Good luck !

This is just a ploy to distract you from the fact
that I have nothing crafty that I can show you
at the moment , it's all happening I just
can't show you , yet !

Thankyou for your interest , this giveaway
is now closed .

colourful friday

Knock knock !
Who's there ?
Orange who?
Orange you glad to see me !

Knock on Robyn's door to see who else is playing
they might have better jokes but I doubt it !

Thursday, October 21, 2010

my creative space

Mmmmm doesn't look too creative does it !
This was my creative space until the wee hours
of this morning , pattern folding , exciting hey !
I'm at the paid job today , hope I can keep my eyes open .
Then again it may be a bit more
 interesting if I had a little nap.

See real creativity at Kootoyou.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

simply christmas

 invited me to do a tutorial
for her Simply Christmas theme .
I'll have my head down for the next few days
planning and plotting what I'll be doing .
I have a few ideas and none need to be
complicated as they are meant to be simple .
Simple suits me perfectly !

Shotglasses , christmas ribbon , tealights = simple .

Kerryanne has lots of things to help make Christmas simple .
Today at Shabby Art Boutique , Jen from Melei 
has a tutorial for a button bracelet , just gorgeous !

Here's a little look at the fabrics I'll be using
when it's my turn to be a guest .

I'd better get a move on Christmas really isn't that far off .

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

tuesday treasures

As some of you may know my dear mum has
just moved into a nursing home .
With her blessing her possesions were sorted
and lots of stuff was distributed amoungst the family .
I went to see my mum in her new place recently
and when I arrived home there was a parcel
waiting for me from my eldest sister .
In the parcel was the one and only wedding photo
of my parents , not a copy , the original .
There were also very old family photos and photos
of my dad when he joined the Army at 18 .
There were lots of documents and memorabilia .
I feel very honoured to be trusted
with all these special things .

All welcome to join in and show your treasures .

Monday, October 18, 2010

At my house

I've been sitting in this chair a lot .

Watching this pretty blue screen .

Cuddling this poor sick child .

Seeing very bland meals .

At my house today we are happy to be home .
I am happy my girl is on the mend .
I think grateful day was on Saturday but
at my house today there is gratitude .

See more houses at Lou Lous .

Friday, October 15, 2010

colourful fridays

Rushing through to show you my greens .
I cheated a bit this morning as I really needed
to clean one of the jugs .
Gotta go !
More greens at Robyns .
Go Green Go !

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Man oh man !

I've always wanted one of these mannequins
to display all my expensive jewellery
but I didn't like to the way the ends of
the necklaces dragged at the bottom .
All I had to do was place the man
on top of a cakestand and now
I don't have the dangle and I also have a place
to put other little bits .
It looks pretty too !
Clearly it doesn't take much to make me happy .

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

colour swap !

I very very lucky to be partnered with Loreen in 
Lisa's colour swap . Loreen sent me 
all these lovely colourful things from New Zealand .
Look carefully at this ball , it is all yo yos 
attached to a styrofoam ball .
It must have taken hours and I love it !
My yo yo ball will be starring at my home this Christmas . 

Thanks so much Loreen and Lisa for
making this such a fun swap .

If you want to see what is in these parcels
that I sent Loreen you'll need to visit 
her lovely blog . 

tuesday treasures

I hear you saying that pretty , sparkly butterfly
is a treasure indeed but sorry
that's not my treasure this week.
It's The Lump that's holding the butterfly that is my treasure .
My daughter made this for me her first term of highschool
and didn't she have fun with it !
Apparently there was so much laughter
in the class at my girl saying her mum would
love her work no matter
how ugly it was .
It was refered to during the classes when
they were being made as The Lump .

Now when my daughter is looking for
hairties or pins she is told to look in The Lump .
It is just a silly family joke
but I really do love The Lump !

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Coconut Ice

I love this soft chenille and thought I'd crochet
it in granny squares for a lovely soft blanket .
It was very cheap wool and dreadful
to work with and it kept breaking .
Admitedly I am not an expert crocheter
but the squares all ended up looking like
they had breasts .
So I took them apart and started on a scarf .
By now I'd gotten the hang of the cheap wool
and my scarf grew .
And then I liked that it was a bit bigger and
soft on my lap so I kept going .

Finally this is what I ended up with
and my daughter has claimed it .
She also said how nice her room looked
in the photo .
Don't worry I set her straight and let
her know all about cropping photos .

Saturday, October 9, 2010


You may have gathered yesterday I wasn't that
thrilled about going to work .
I'm glad I did because look who came to visit me !
This little roo is about 9 months old and the sweetest
thing you'd ever see !
The other Skippy (Geoff Huegel did
very well in the swimming
yesterday too .)

I also managed to get a little bit done with this .
All will be revealed soon
but not tomorrow.
That's some of me from yesterday ,
I hope your yesterday was good , today great
and tomorrow fantastic !
Just a little excited as I have the whole day off !

Friday, October 8, 2010

Colourful Fridays

I thought I'd like to join Robyn in Colourful Fridays
but there is a small problem that I go out
to work on Fridays .
All the other players have put so much
effort into their colourful posts and they look great .
I know I just don't have the time or patience
so I have set myself a challenge .
I gave myself 5 minutes and set the buzzer on the stove .
Ran around like a crazy woman gathering up
the colour for the day and took a photo .
Uploaded it as quickly as possible .
Write post , let Robyn know I'm playing ,
add link and drink more coffee .
Just thought I'd tell you all this in case you happen
by my blog on a Friday and you see a lump of colour ,
you'll know it's Fast Colourful Friday here .
Go over to Robyn's I'm sure there will
be sane people playing too !

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

tuesday treasures

My treasure this week is this grubby old scrabble board .
My mum has moved into a nursing home and
things from her home have been shared around .
Of great interest was this board .
You probably can't see too well in this photo
but every little space around the board has
been written on .
It became an unspoken rule that the board
itself not be written on but around the outside
was fair game .
It has such silly stuff written like who was the
slowest player , who was the biggest whinger , biggest cheat
or just who was playing that day .
We spent many , many hours playing on this board
and drinking too much tea and laughing so much .
I have 5 sisters and 2 brothers and every one of us
had a great time on the weekend reading
the board and reminiscing .
I was lucky enough to score the treasured board
but I did promise to get it framed and
then we will all share it .
Clearly this board would mean nothing
to anyone else but to my family it is priceless !

We'd love to see your treasures , come and play along .


Monday, October 4, 2010

Who's going to be sewing up Christmas gifts ?

Who is going to make this lovely breakfast set ?
I could not for the life of me get the random thingy
pasted into my blog to show you the winning number .
Being the creative girl I am I am going to show
the number from the page in the book .

The winner of  the book is .......
Would you please email me with your details .

I have one more giveaway planned for
 the year and it's going to be big !

P.S. Don't forget Tuesday Treasures Tomorrow
because it's , you know, Tuesday .

At my house

At my house today we are admiring our gifts from the boy
who has just returned from the outback .

At my house today the washing line will be full of clothes
from the boy who has just returned from the outback .

My little family is again complete
because the boy is home from the outback .

See lots of other houses today at Lou Lous .

Friday, October 1, 2010

Simple Sewn Gifts Book Giveaway

This book is gorgeous !
Full of pretty , easy gifts and just in time
to get a head start on Christmas making .
Would you like it ?
Please just leave a comment on this post .
I will draw the winner
 Monday night Australian time .

This giveaway is now closed .
Thankyou for your interest .